Stephen’s Brass Ensemble Christmas Concert Friday, December 16, 7:30 pm
We will be playing favorite Yuletide carols and songs. All are welcome, young and old, and we look forward to seeing you there
Lessons and Carols Services Sunday Morning, December 18
Join us at any or all of our morning services Sunday, December 18 for special music from a variety of St. Stephen’s Music Ministries.
Christmas Comfort Service: Sunday, 7:30 pm December 18, 2016
Have you experienced the recent death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or another one of life’s many challenges that is causing you to feel sad or depressed this holiday season? The Comfort Service is designed with you in mind. Please join us for a time of worship, prayer and fellowship.
Christmas Eve Services: Saturday, December 24, 2016
Bring your family and friends to St. Stephen’s on Christmas Eve for a night of candles, carols, and reflection to rediscover the hope and joy of celebrating the best news of all this Christmas season. There are several different worship expressions that are outlined below to help you choose the one that’s right for you!
4:30 – 6:30 pm Living Nativity
Come and meet Jesus, his parents and the whole cast of characters at the manger — including the donkey, camel, sheep & goats! A wonderful way to make the story of Christmas come to life!
5:00 pm Service for Children and Families
An interactive and engaging service for all ages and features a delightful musical and songs performed by all of our Children’s Choirs. The service culminates with singing “Silent Night” and the sharing of light with the world.
6:30 pm Love Feast in the Wesleyan tradition
This service features an informal setting in the Sanctuary with special food, the Bits and Pieces Choir, and Christmas Carols.
8:30 pm Contemporary Service
This service features the Source Band and a more casual atmosphere with some traditional worship elements as a relevant message is shared, Holy Communion is offered, and the community participates in its most cherished tradition of passing the candlelight while singing “Silent Night.”
10:30 pm Traditional Candlelight & Communion
This service features our full Chancel Choir and is a jubilant and sacred worship service that ushers in Christ’s birth!
St. Stephen’s will be offering two services Christmas Morning, at 9 and 11 am.
Join your church family on Christmas morning at 10:00 am (between services) for brunch in the Fellowship Hall. We’ll be serving a yummy array of goodies including a “cooked to order” pancake and waffle station, eggs, sausage, hash browns, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, juice and hot cocoa. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas and adults their favorite “ugly” Christmas sweater! This special event only happens once every seven years, so don’t miss out!
Gift to the Manger:
On Christmas Eve, December 24, at all four services, we will invite everyone to make a special “Gift to the Manger” to help homeless individuals and families into permanent housing and keep them there. Last Christmas we received more than $40,000 for this purpose, and we have helped 20 homeless family units (some individuals, some families) to find permanent housing in 2013. Special envelopes will be provided, and the entire Christmas Eve offering (unless specifically marked for something else) will be used for this homelessness-to-housing ministry in 2016. If you are not planning to attend Christmas Eve worship at St. Stephen’s, you may contribute to this transformative ministry by marking your offering for “Gift to the Manger,” or “Homeless Ministry.”
You may also give now online: HERE
Join us for a night of candles, carols, and a relevant message to rediscover the hope and joy of celebrating the best news of all this Christmas.